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16 kick off Tokyo gubernatorial race

Jan 24, 2014

16 kick off Tokyo gubernatorial race

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Campaigning for the Tokyo gubernatorial election officially kicked off Thursday with 16 candidates set to battle over national-level issues ranging from energy policy to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. According to the metropolitan election board, 16 people filed to run in the race and will ...

Jan 24, 2014

Cosmic rays peer into reactor cores

Researchers say they have developed a system that uses cosmic rays to get images of melted nuclear fuel inside reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 plant.

Jan 24, 2014

China envoy: Tojo 'Hitler of Asia'

Chinese Ambassador to Israel Gao Yanping, in an article contributed to the Jerusalem Post, criticizes Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's recent visit to Yasukuni Shrine, saying the Tokyo shrine honors the "Hitler of Asia."

JAL to launch seven new London-Haneda flights

Jan 24, 2014

JAL to launch seven new London-Haneda flights

Japan Airlines Co. says it will launch new direct flights between Tokyo and London after it was allotted five new international slots at Haneda airport. The seven new London round-trip flights per week will start March 30. JAL also said it will double its ...

Clean energy urged to restrict warming

Jan 24, 2014

Clean energy urged to restrict warming

Leaders gathered in the Swiss ski resort of Davos are pushing for nations to shift to cleaner energy sources as the best way to contain global warming and re-energize the global economy. U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres, reflecting the top billing that climate change ...

Flat-panel TV shipments down third year in a row

Jan 24, 2014

Flat-panel TV shipments down third year in a row

Shipments of flat-panel televisions in 2013 fell 16.7 percent from the previous year to 5.376 million units, down for the third consecutive year, an industry group said Wednesday. The figure is almost one-fifth of the recent peak of 25.193 million units marked in 2010. ...

Bird flu spikes in China before Lunar New Year

Jan 24, 2014

Bird flu spikes in China before Lunar New Year

A spate of bird flu cases since the beginning of the year in China has experts watching closely while millions of people and poultry are on the move ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday, the world’s largest annual human migration. China has reported ...

Shut-in's Net persona turns promotional hard sell

Jan 24, 2014

Shut-in's Net persona turns promotional hard sell

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Job hunting can be challenging for university students. After attending a couple of employment seminars last year, Toyo University student Ryo Kikuchi knew he didn’t stand a chance of outdoing his competitors if he went the usual route. “Let’s face it, I was 25 ...

Abe uses Davos forum to warn of China militancy

Jan 24, 2014

Abe uses Davos forum to warn of China militancy

Japan on Wednesday told the world it must stand up to an increasingly assertive China or risk a regional conflict with catastrophic economic consequences. In his speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued what amounted to an ...

Bombing of U.S. embassy thwarted: Israel

Jan 24, 2014

Bombing of U.S. embassy thwarted: Israel

Israel on Wednesday said it had foiled an “advanced” al-Qaida plan to carry out a suicide bombing on the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and to bomb other targets, in what analysts said was the first time the global terrorist network’s leadership has been ...

Jan 24, 2014

Can't bury the nuclear issue

The Feb. 9 Tokyo gubernatorial election will not only decide the leader of the nation's capital but also indicate whether Japan will rely on nuclear power.

Jan 24, 2014

Damages from a terror probe

Despite the award of ¥90.2 million in damages to 17 Muslims in Japan found to have suffered defamation of character after details of a police investigation of international terrorism were leaked onto the Internet, the plaintiffs have appealed the Tokyo District Court ruling for ...

Actress Nikaido sets her own agenda

Jan 24, 2014

Actress Nikaido sets her own agenda

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Many young Japanese film actors start as models or pop stars and then, as they accumulate magazine covers or CD sales, move into TV and films. Many also play versions of themselves again and again on screen, which may suit their fans just fine, ...

Getting a hustle on the Oscars

Jan 24, 2014

Getting a hustle on the Oscars

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David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” is cleaning up in the early part of an awards season that was meant to belong to Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave.” And that ain’t no con. The movie snagged a Golden Globe for best comedy as well ...

Searching for hidden meaning in a Kubrick classic

Jan 24, 2014

Searching for hidden meaning in a Kubrick classic

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I’m old enough — barely — to have seen Stanley Kubrick’s horror masterpiece “The Shining” when it opened in the theaters back in 1980. My strongest memory of this tale of writer’s block meets cabin-fever insanity is that my girlfriend’s drink wound up in ...

'Chiisai Ouchi (The Little House)'

Jan 24, 2014

'Chiisai Ouchi (The Little House)'

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Several veterans of Japan’s old studio system are still working, but Yoji Yamada is the only one still directing for the studio he started out with, back in 1954. He has directed 81 films for Shochiku; his extraordinary box-office success with the “Tora-san” series, ...

'American Hustle'

Jan 24, 2014

'American Hustle'

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Being an American is an art form and the path is long and arduous, as we see all too plainly in “American Hustle,” a huge, sloppy American Dream saga set in 1978. Based loosely on the famed “Abscam” scandal that put several congressmen behind ...

Wawrinka reaches first Grand Slam final

Jan 24, 2014

Wawrinka reaches first Grand Slam final

Stanislas Wawrinka backed up his upset of four-time champion Novak Djokovic by reaching his first Grand Slam final with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-1), 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-4) win over Tomas Berdych in the Australian Open semifinals on Thursday. Wawrinka ended a 14-match losing streak ...

Murakami leads after Four Continents short program

Jan 24, 2014

Murakami leads after Four Continents short program

Kanako Murakami shrugged off ankle pain on Thursday to finish first in the women’s short program at the Four Continents Championships. Murakami, who had been dealing with pain in her ankle from ill-fitting skates she’s been trying since December, will go into Saturday’s free ...

Gerbe, Tlusty lift Hurricanes over Flyers

Jan 24, 2014

Gerbe, Tlusty lift Hurricanes over Flyers

Nathan Gerbe enjoys working on trick shots in practice, so he figured why not try it in a game. Gerbe’s remarkable highlight-reel tally — one that likely will be a candidate for top NHL goal of the season — helped the Carolina Hurricanes beat ...

Jan 24, 2014

Kakuryu stays in contention for title

Yokozuna Hakuho rallied to keep his slate clean with a 12th win and remained on a collision course with compatriot and ozeki Kakuryu at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday. Hakuho got more than he bargained for against Goeido in the last ...

Golden Ball winner Forlan joins Cerezo

Jan 24, 2014

Golden Ball winner Forlan joins Cerezo

Cerezo Osaka on Thursday confirmed that the J. League club has reached a one-year deal with Uruguay striker Diego Forlan, winner of the Golden Ball Award as the most valuable player at the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa. Cerezo had been in ...

Suns shine bright in rout

Jan 24, 2014

Suns shine bright in rout

The team with the NBA’s best record had its worst game of the season Wednesday night. The Phoenix Suns simply ran the Indiana Pacers and their vaunted defense off the court, 124-100. It was the most points allowed by the Pacers this season and ...